Post # 1
I am on a mission to stretch my budget as much as possible for my upcoming wedding. I was a drama major in college, so I am experienced in creating ambience (thanks to multiple scenic design classes.) I have some ideas, but I feel like I need a little inspiration. So, my question to you, bees, is: how did you cut costs for your big day? Did you make things for your wedding on your own? How did you pull off a nice wedding on a limited budget? Any advice is appreciated.
Post # 3
@sbottiani: Not married yet but just wanted to give a little input (: I think if you’re ‘crafty,’ literally, you’ll be fine. Have you checked out Pinterest.com yet? Many brides (like myself!) use them to find DIY projects or just inspiration. Here’s my board: http://pinterest.com/wnsmcreations/wedding-ideas/ Obviously there are different styles out there and if you can follow other people’s boards if you discover they have similar tastes to yours.
Post # 4
I think the biggest thing to keep in mind is money saved vs. DIY stress level. Even when you’re really creative/crafty/DIY-mazing, it’s still a lot of stress to put on yourself to make things for your own wedding. That said, I’m going a little DIY crazy with my wedding and am making all of my own paper goods, my veil, bouquets, guestbook, table decor, and probably some other things that I’m forgetting.
Of all of those things what was surprisingly easy, saved me a bunch of money, and looks really good finished was my veil. Veils are really easy to make and there are tons of tutorials online.
The thing I DIYed that was not worth the effort was 100 napkin rings, because seriously, who cares about napkin rings?
The thing that I’m happiest that I decided not to DIY is our cake. Although I LOVE to bake, my fiance pointed out that in the few days before our wedding, it would most certainly not be worth the stress of trying to bake my own wedding cake/cupcakes.
Post # 5
I am renewing my vows in August 2012 and I am determined to do everything I can possibly do my self. I have found that a lot of my decor can be found by using freecycle.org in my area. The group is nationwide so check your area. This is a group that you join that is dedicated to giving things away verses throwing things in the land fields. I have also found great items like my wedding arch for example on craigslist. Now I am aware that the items are used, but what’s wrong with that. After I decorated everything either purple or silver the way I want to, it will all look brand new and the majority of my money will be spent on food. Also, real flowers are great but they are going to die really quickly and they cost tons of money. Try silk or some type of artificial flowers, then resell them and all of your wedding decor to make some of your money back.
Post # 6
@littletkettle: so random, but I just checked out your board & the dress at the bottom that says “if only” is my dress! I took a huge chance and ordered it from ebay & everything!
Post # 7
I am DIYing for a lot of things- the candle votive holders, the centerpieces, the boquets and boutineres, decor, overhead lighting, furniture (well a few distressed items for welcome display and cake display), a clawfoot bath tub for the cooler for the beers, a “whiskey cart”, the aisle decor, the wedding arch, the signs, lawn games (cornhole board=DIY), my bridal sash, my fascinator. Instead of renting I bought table linens and all the glassware/servware, etc (it’s cheaper to turn around and sell it then to rent it). Etc etc… Today I just painted the entryway vintage furniture piece and will distress it that will have a lace overlay and display family wedding portraits. Oh the fine little details. I love getting crafty and doing this stuff!!
Post # 8
@futureMrsMason: Oh awesome, please let me know how it turns out! (: That pic was from when I was first looking for dresses and was just using it for inspiration but decided not to take the risk. It also wasn’t what I wanted afterall since my wedding is more casual.
Post # 9
@littletkettle: It turned out great. It doesn’t look like the picture exactly, but I’m glad about that because IMO it looks more casual the way they did it & my wedding has now turned pretty casual. I sometimes wish it were a little more casual, but I’ll make do. It’s my wedding day so I think I’m allowed to be a little more fancy. ha. It’s a lovely dress, though.
I need to take better pictures. These are crappy phone pics, but you get the idea.
Post # 10
I think if you decide to do things yourself fo the wedding, you have to differentiate between what things would actually save you money amd what things wont. DIY projects take a lottttt of time and patience. I decided to DIY a lot for my upcoming wedding only because I have an unlimited amount of time on my hands and Im pretty crafty. And even some things I know I can do, Imnnot because I dont want to take on too much. I plan on DIY my save the dates (which are already finished), my invitations, all of my paper projects, my bouquets and bouts and a bunch of other things. So I think once u make that decision you’ll be fine.
Post # 11
definetly use silk flowers, flowers are VERY expensive! I got quoted over $500 for bouquets and made them with real touch flowers for only $175 total. Check out Hobby Lobby for the “real touch” ones. They look and feel real.
Post # 12
We’re DIY-ing all our paper products (STDs, invites, programs, thank-you cards, etc.). We used a free hosting site (livejournal) for our wedding website. We’re not having flowers — just two roses for part of our ceremony, that we’ll likely end up making either from paper or clay, or buying silk so they last. Our only decorations will be terrariums (bought bubble vases at the Dollar Store & will fill them with bulk dirt, moss, rocks & wholesale silk greenery), which we’ll use at both the ceremony & reception site. An aunt is doing our photography, and my dad is a combination second-shooter/videographer. We are planning on DIY-ing the rehearsal dinner & day-afer brunch, and would have DIY-ed our wedding cupcakes (but our reception site doesn’t allow outside food). I’m buying my wedding dress from DressilyMe (a Chinese replica/knock-off company, and making my own veil. FH & I are making our own unity candles out of beeswax. We’re using an iPod/computer instead of hiring a DJ/band/etc. Oh, and we’re having a dry wedding with heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a seated reception with open bar.
Post # 13
I have some wonderful people helping me with a lot of DIY projects to help save money on the wedding. If you enjoy crafting and have the time to do it I would suggest that. Most arts and crafts store have great weekly deals and coupons. I am a huge fan of Michael’s craft store. I am usually there 2-4 times a week!
Post # 14
I am in the early planning stages of my wedding but have already booked the venue and church. The reception seems to be where most of my budget is going so far. So to cut reception costs my plan is morning/afternoon wedding with heavy hors doeuvres. This is cheaper compared to a night reception b/c:
1. People will go light on the alcohol at noon compared with 8pm (so I can say open bar but it won’t cost me as much, or just stick with sangria, mimosas, and beer)
2. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are cheaper at most places (and in my opinion more fun than a “chicken, starch, 2 vegi, roll” meal)
3. Plus if you don’t have a sit down dinner then you don’t have to rent as many chairs/tables! Or worry about fancy place settings and table numbers. We can get by with half the chairs/tables/centerpieces because it will be assumed that you are up and mingling with an appetizer only reception.
4. Reception will not run until the wee hours of the morning so if you have a venue that charges by the hour you can shave a few hours off your reception this way.
5. Morning wedding will be more casual so I can have more of a DIY appearance to things with mason jar vases instead of diamond studded milk glass vases =)
Plus if you know people who make/do wedding type things then use them! We have a friend who is a DJ, a friend of a friend who is a photographer, and an uncle who bakes wedding cakes!
We have a large guest list at a little over 200 and we decided we would rather have a less formal wedding than have to exclude our friends and family.
Post # 15
I couldn’t agree more with, littletkettle! (I started following your Wedding Pinterest board, btw)
If you’ve got the crafty nitch and have enough inspiration, you will be just fine.
There are so many resources to our fingertips thanks to the internet. Since being engaged, I have been pounding away at the internet with relentless searches for what inspires me. You are not alone! haha
Our wedding is DIY, I won’t have anyone plan it for me! I too, have ideas pinned and Pinterest has helped me along the way. Check out my board, hope it inspires you something fierce!